Professional Organizations and Opportunities for Research

The Department of Rhetoric Studies offers a wide variety of ways for students to become involved in public argument as well as to present their scholarship. These include professional organizations as well as local research conferences. A few are listed here. For more information, contact the current chair of the Department of Rhetoric Studies, Heather Ashley Hayes, at hayesha@whitman.edu.

In 2016-2017, the Department of Rhetoric Studies encourages students to submit research at one or more of the following upcoming conferences. Further conference opportunities will be made available on this site as their calls for papers are released.

  1. Southern States Communication Association, Theodore Clevenger Undergraduate Honors Conference, to be held April 5-9, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina
  2. Western States Communication Association, Undergraduate Division, to be held February 18-21, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah
  3. The Whitman Undergraduate Conference, to be held April, 2017 at Whitman College
  4. The 2nd Annual Pacific Northwest Race, Rhetoric, and Media Undergraduate Research Symposium, to be held April, 2017 at Whitman College (A private conference for Pacific Northwest Undergraduate programs in rhetoric and media including Whitman College, the University of Puget Sound, Willamette University, and Lewis & Clark College. The symposium rotates between its participant schools, and in 2017 will be hosted at Whitman College! For more information, email Professor Heather Ashley Hayes)

Rhetoric Student Presentations of Research from 2014-2015 & 2015-2016

  • Samantha Grainger-Shuba, "This is Not a Legal Proceeding: Deconstructing the New Title IX," Southern States Communication Association, Theordore Clevenger Undergraduate Honors Conference, Winner of the Franklin Shirley Award for Top Student Paper of the Conference, April 8, 2016
  • Meredith Ruff, “Rude Noises: Homocore, Unsettling the Symbolic, and Enjoying Abjection," Southern States Communication Association, Theodore Clevenger Undergraduate Honors Conference, April 8, 2016 (Winner of Whitman College's David Nord Award, given for projects designed to address critical issues facing queer communities through a variety of creative and scholarly mediums)
  • Vicky Su, "The Dilemma of the Tiger Mother: The American Dream and Tokenism," presented at the Western States Communication Association Undergraduate Scholars Conference, February 27, 2016
  • Caitlin Rooney, "Polyvalence, Polysemy and Meaning: The Case of the Russian Ban on Propaganda and the 2014 Sochi Olympics," presented at the Western States Communication Association Annual Undergraduate Conference, Saturday, February 21, 2015
  • Zac Parker, "Sovereign Matrices: The Disposition Matrix and the State of Exception," presented at the Western States Communication Association Annual Conference, Sunday, February 22, 2015
  • Emmalynn Dulaney, "Regaining Agency Through Art," presented at the Whitman Undergraduate Conference, April 7, 2015
  • Samantha Grainger-Shuba, "The Evolution of Title IX," presented at the Whitman Undergraduate Conference, April 7, 2015
  • Kyle Hendrix, "Traumatism and Vulnerability: Drone Use as Constant War," presented at the Whitman Undergraduate Conference, April 7, 2015
  • Dominic Lippi, "The Race Narrative in Basketball: Exposed by the 2014 NBA Draft," presented at the Whitman Undergraduate Conference, April 7, 2015
  • Elliot Moskat, "The Social and Cultural Transcendence of Kanye West," presented at the Whitman Undergraduate Conference, April 7, 2015
  • Emma Nye, "'Slacktivists' Changing the World: Internet Activism and Intelligible Politics in the Millennial Generation," presented at the Whitman Undergraduate Conference, April 7, 2015
  • Paul Minor, "Why the War Will Not End: Presidential Justification for Military Action in Iraq," presented at the Whitman Undergraduate Conference, April 7, 2015